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Poll: Should Mick Wallace claim the Leader's Allowance?

The Independent TD has defended his acceptance of the ‘Leader’s Allowance’, saying he will use it for research purposes.

Deputy Mick Wallace
Deputy Mick Wallace
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

INDEPENDENT TD MICK Wallace has defended accepting the Leader’s Allowance given to Independent TDs in Dáil, issuing a statement on his Facebook page on the matter.

He said that if he didn’t accept it – as he didn’t last year – it would put him at a disadvantage compared to other TDs. The allowance is €41,152.

In June, the Deputy decided to donate half of his salary to repaying the Revenue money he owed after his company under-declared VAT.

Deputy Wallace said that the Leader’s Allowance money won’t be for his personal use, but will be used “mostly for research into different issues that concern the people of Ireland”.

What do you think:

Should Deputy Wallace claim the Leader’s Allowance?

Poll Results:

No (1859)
I don't know (1198)
Yes (325)

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